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All the Rage

With all the new superhero movies coming out, it has become difficult to not have at least heard of some of the more popular heroes. Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, and the Hulk have rapidly become a part of pop culture. Each has something that makes them great, but they also have some major flaw. Thor’s is pride, Iron Man was an alcoholic, and the Hulk has a bit of an anger issue. The Hulk, with his enormous strength and seeming indestructibility, is unbelievable. Anger doesn’t really make us do that… does it?

The first man to discover the destructive power of anger was Cain. Cain and his brother, Abel, were the first two sons of Adam. When these sons grew up, Cain became a farmer and Abel became a shepherd.

Cain and Abel had been taught the right way to worship God. They knew that God required an offering of innocent animals as a sacrifice for their sins. But, when they came to worship God, only one brother was obedient to God.

Abel brought a lamb as his offering, but Cain brought fruit from his crops as his offering.

God accepted Abel and his offering, but He rejected Cain and his offering. As a result of this, Cain became very angry. He was angry at God and jealous of his brother.

God warned Cain of the consequences of his anger. God’s message to Cain was this: “Look out! Your anger is like a lion lying in wait outside your door. You must master your anger or it will master you.” But Cain did not respond to God’s warning. His jealousy of Abel turned into hatred.

One day, as Cain and Abel were in the field together, Cain rose up against his brother and murdered him. Thus the first man born into this world became a murderer because he did not control his anger.

Like Cain, we have the “lion” of anger within us. We must master it or it will master us. God has not said that we are never to be angry, but He has warned us of the danger of uncontrolled anger. The Bible says, “‘Be angry, and do not sin’: do not let the sun go down on your wrath.” (Ephesians 4:26)

Anger is the most violent of human emotions. Because it involves such strong feelings, anger borders closely on sin. The Bible does not say, “Be kind, but sin not,” or “Love, but do not sin,” because kindness and love are far removed from sin. But when we are angry, we are in danger of sinning. Someone has said, “If we are to be angry and sin not, we must be angry at nothing but sin.”

There are three things we can do with our anger:

1. We can express it.

When anger is out of control, it does great damage. When we become so angry that we want to lash out at someone and hurt them, we are sinning deeply. We call this “losing our temper.” Sometimes we think that we show how strong we are when we lose our temper, but losing our temper is a sign of weakness, not strength. The Bible says, “Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, for anger rests in the bosom of fools.” (Ecclesiastes 7:9)

2. We can suppress it.

To suppress anger is to keep it inside. Some people lose their temper and express their anger openly. Others have the same angry feelings but manage to keep them bottled up inside.

Anger that is bottled up or kept inside of us hurts and keeps on hurting. It turns to resentment and bitterness, and it can bring on depression as well as many kinds of physical illnesses.

3. We can confess it.

The best way to handle angry feelings is to tell God about them. This is a way to “let off steam” without sinning. God knows us better than we know ourselves, and we will always find Him to be understanding.

Just being in God’s presence helps to calm us. It also helps us to see things in their proper perspective. Many times we discover that the thing we were disturbed about was not really so important after all.

Temper is uncontrolled anger. It is always wrong. When we lose our temper, there is but one thing to do. We must confess it to God as sin and claim the cleansing blood of Christ. If we have offended or hurt others, we must, of course, apologize to them.

Regardless of how many times you lose your temper, you must make things right with others each time. This will humble you and help you to see the damage done by your temper.

It is best not to go to the other person while you are still upset, but after you have calmed down, go and make things right.

Even though we faithfully confess our sin to God every time we lose our temper, we still have a problem
Even though we faithfully confess our sin to God every time we lose our temper, we still have a problem. The problem is that we keep doing the same thing over and over again. We lose our temper, and we confess it. Then we lose our temper again and confess it again. We do the same thing over and over. No matter how hard we try, we continue to lose our temper.

Is there a remedy for this problem? Yes, there is! The first thing we must do is to discover what causes us to lose our temper.

The Bible does not say much about temper. The reason is that the Bible is concerned with the root cause of temper, not just with the temper itself.

What is the root cause of temper? It is SELF! Temper is produced by SELF. Whenever temper is expressed on the outside, we may be sure that there is an angry SELF on the inside. We may try hard to control our temper, but unless SELF is dealt with, we will continue to get angry and lose our temper.

Let us look at a few temper-producing situations so that we may see more clearly that SELF is the cause of temper.

· Someone puts us down.

Being “put down” or belittled by others is one of the most common causes of losing our temper. Someone says something unkind or hurtful about us, and we become angry on the inside. Our self-pride is injured. This is but one of the many forms of SELF.

· We cannot have our own way.

We are self-willed and determined to have our own way. When someone crosses us and we cannot have our way, we may sulk or pout, or flare up with anger. What is the root cause of this? It is SELF.

· Someone is honored above us.

We like to be looked up to and admired by others. For this reason we are jealous of others when they succeed. Jealousy often turns into anger when someone gets the job or honor that we wanted. Again, the root cause of these wrong feelings is SELF.

These are but a few temper producing situations, but they show us that the root cause of temper is SELF. We may not realize it, but the main reason for all our discontent is that we love ourselves and want to please ourselves. So long as we make ourselves the center of everything, we will react with anger when anyone crosses us.

To sum it up, temper comes from within us. It comes from SELF. Until the problem of SELF is dealt with, the problem of temper will not be solved.


I’m not Dead!

Hello, everybody! I have returned to this wonderful world of the internet in one piece, and, let me tell you, it’s scary out there in the real world. The news sounds something like this: “WAR! DEATH! MURDER! RIOTS! Uplifting story about a cute penguin! THE PENGUIN IS A SERIAL KILLER!” With all of that going on, I thought that I should make the first post of this new start something a little less heavy than it normally would be. Therefore, I give you a work of fiction. Enjoy.

This is a story about a little man who lived in a house. It was a nice house, with four walls and a roof. There was a door in the front and a door in the back, as well as a few windows he could jump through if needed. You see, this was no ordinary little man. This little man was a detective. His name was Little. John Little.

Now, you may be thinking “Why should I care about a little detective named John Little? I have things to pin and posts to like.” Well, there was something else special about this little man. He was a detective, but he was also certifiably insane. His little house was all in his head. He actually lived in a great big asylum, with about 300 of his closest friends. Well, more like 30 of his friends. Most of the inmates didn’t get along very well, so they din’t get to see each other very often.

Now, this little man in this great big asylum was walking into the cafeteria one day (the rules at this asylum were very strange), when he saw someone he hadn’t seen before. Being an eminently polite detective, he walked over and introduced himself: “Hello, my name is John Little. Who might you be.” The other man looked at him and replied “My name is Jesus Christ.”

Being a detective, John thought he should investigate this claim. “That seems illogical. Who told you that?”

“God did,” said the man.

From three cells down came the cry: “No I didn’t! Stop putting words in my mouth!”

“Well,” said John, “it appears that God did not, in fact, tell you you are the Christ. You must therefore be an eggplant, because eggplants are also not the Christ. Good day, sir.”

And they all lived happily ever after.

What I Believe

This post is designed to be a confession of what I believe. Everything in here represents what I believe Scripture says. As time goes on, I will probably be doing many changes and updates, so please, feel free to disagree. Since this is what I believe Scripture says, let’s begin with the authority of Scripture.


The Bible is the Word of God. It was written by men under the influence of the Holy Spirit, writing the inerrant truth of God. As the Word of God, Scripture is the truth of God, and has no mistakes in it. The Bible is also final, with no other book able to add to or supersede it.


God is a Trinity. He is one God, yet three separate Persons. God the Father is the Yahweh of the Old Testament, the Creator, the Lord of History. God the Son is the Sacrifice, the High Priest, and our Salvation. God the Holy Spirit is the Counselor and Guide while we walk on this earth.


Man was created in God’s image, able to choose to follow or disobey Him. We have an inherent ability to choose our path, yet the choices we make are affected by the Fall. We are unable to save ourselves, and unable to do anything without God to help us. Sin is the reason for this problem.


Sin is anything that falls short of God’s standard. Anything that is not what God would have us do is sin, and as such, is punishable only by separation from the pure and stainless God. Unless paid for, sin causes us to want that kind of existence. Salvation is the only cure.


Salvation is only by the blood of Christ. There is no way to God except by the saving grace of His blood. Only God can make this available to us, and only God can complete the work of redemption. Salvation is absolutely necessary for a life with Him in Heaven, instead of one without Him in Hell.

Heaven and Hell

Heaven and Hell are the only options for the afterlife. There is no Purgatory, and no reincarnation. Heaven and Hell are eternal. They will never disappear, nor will anyone in them be moved from one to the other. The joy of Heaven and anguish of Hell are determined by the respective presence and absence of God.

Tom Buchanan

Tom Buchanan is a character in the book (now a movie) The Great Gatsby. He is the epiphany of hypocrisy, carrying on an open affair while simultaneously denouncing interracial marriage. He claims that the “inferior” races will eventually overrun the world, but when asked to prove it, he says that a book he read said so, and proved it by Science. The whole time, he is carrying on an affair that is so open, his lover calls him in the middle of dinner to demand that he see her the next day. He hates the word “hulking”, but when someone talks too much for his liking, he shows the applicability of that word, and breaks their nose. He also shows us the blindness of hypocrisy, since he sees himself as the last defender of righteousness. This seems amusing, until we realize that this was written in the 1920s, meaning that the problems we see in our government today were foreseen nearly a century ago. What I am about to say is not an attack or defense of one side or the other, but a view of the whole system. With that being said, let’s look at the example. Recently, our President has admitted that millions of people will be unable to keep their insurance, even though he made repeated promises that they would be able to keep whatever insurance they wanted. I am not attacking this specific instance, but I do wish to point out that his followers are very quick to defend him, saying that he misspoke. The other side is just as quick to attack him, saying that he has repeatedly lied to the Americans about his policies. My point is that neither side is correct. Both sides have made similar promises in the past (such as “read my lips: no new taxes”), and neither has been very good about doing what they promised. Their hypocrisy is just like Tom Buchanan’s, and was denounced by Christ (“Let your Yes be Yes and your No be No). The problem is not with one side or the other, but with human nature in general. Until the power of Christ renews the minds and hearts of men, they will be doing the same thing. Let us pray that the day will come quickly, and continue to request His help in defending ourselves from the sin of hypocrisy.

The Mercy of Hell

“Justice moved my high maker, in power divine
wisdom supreme, love primal. No things were
before me not eternal; eternal I remain.”

( Dante’s Inferno, Canto III, lines 3-6)

This is the inscription on the gates of Hell. They reveal how Dante thought of God. They reveal His power, His justice, His wisdom, and His love. The Creator of the universe is not a soft God, and He didn’t make a soft Hell. There is no softness in Dante’s Inferno, and we should realize the wonder of this. It is certainly difficult to come up with a Hell that can present all of God’s attributes at the same time. Dante was one of the great Christian poets in history, and we should treat him as such.

The inscription is a summary of Hell. God’s justice required a form of punishment for the sinners. His power enabled Him to create one that could fit the infinite pride and arrogance that would be brought along by the sinners. His wisdom let Him make the punishment fit the crime perfectly, and His love made Hell the last resort. Only after we have rejected God continually for our whole life will He let us be fully punished as we deserve.

Dante’s motivation for making this the inscription on Hell’s gate was to show us the immensity of God. His infinite attributes were the only things that could possibly come up with the universe we have, and that includes Heaven and Hell. There could be no doubt as to the awesomeness of God after seeing the inscription, and if there was, the rest of the poem would quickly fix that.

If there had been no creation of Hell, then there would be only two possible explanations. First, it could be possible that Adam and Eve had never sinned. However, that has happened, so we must figure out what other reason there would be. The only other option is that our God is not the God of the Bible. His justice would not allow sinners to go unpunished. His love would not allow them to spoil paradise for everyone else. His wisdom would make the solution clear, and His power would make a solution clear. For there to be no Hell, one or more of these attributes would not be functioning.

The creation of Hell was like the creation of jails. There are criminals (sinners) who need to be punished. Government (God) cannot allow them to go unpunished, as that would make everything worse. So a solution must be found. The solution is to lock the criminals up in jails (Hell), until their crimes have been paid for. Because of the eternal nature of their sin (putting themselves before their Maker), the punishment must be eternal.

The wisdom of Hell is seen every day. The sinners throughout the world, including you and me, need to either repent or be punished. Not everyone repents, so they need to be punished. If there was no Hell, there would be no possible punishment worthy of any sin. Therefore, one or more of God’s attributes would be violated, as we have already seen.

Christ himself, in Matthew 25, blatantly stated the existence of Hell, in His parable of the sheep and the goats. The goats, those who have rejected Him and His message, will “go away into everlasting punishment (Matthew 25:46).” What more does any Christian need?

The message of Hell is clearly taught throughout the Bible. Those who say God’s love would not support the idea of Hell do not realize what the Bible teaches. There are few subjects as clearly taught in the Bible as Hell, and none which causes as much consternation. Shouldn’t we try to learn a little more about it?

What the Bible has to say about: Marriage

This essay is actually going to be primarily about who we should marry. The Bible never says anything about this, except for two basic principles. One: make sure that this is God’s will for your life. Marriage means that you hope to spend your life with someone. Second, which goes along with the first, you should not marry an unbeliever. 1 Corinthians 7 deals with marriage issues, and gives commands that help us decide our partner. Some of the commands include not marrying someone outside the faith, not divorcing your spouse, and if you find yourself in a situation where you have lost your spouse, do not marry again, unless it is to that person.

in 1 Corinthians 7, Paul states what he thinks is the best reason for marriage. He says that people should be married if they can not withstand the temptation to immorality of a…..private nature.

First, let’s look at the reasons for abstaining from marriage with a non-Christian. The biggest reason is about principles. You should be marrying somebody who you can accept as they are, but we can’t do that with unbelievers, as we can’t accept the fact that the person we love enough to marry is going to be eternally separated from us and God.  Another reason is that the family is supposed to be one unit. No unit that is truly one can pull in different directions and be anything like it is supposed to be. Take a government, for example. Ours is sufficiently split to render it incapable of ever reaching a completely correct decision, when the government is supposed to be the final authority on everything. The same goes for the family.

God intended the family to be a stronghold of stability, even when the world is in turmoil. In times of war, this seems to work surprisingly well. Well, not so surprisingly when you consider who made it. However, it is in times of peace, when we have been lulled to sleep, that Satan comes and infiltrates the heart. He seeks to divide the family, because he has already divided everything else. The church, the government, the world; everything is divided against itself. If he can make the family the same way, then the closest tie with each other, that of hearth and home, will be snapped.

Divorce is a big one today. I’m sure that at one time or another we’ve all heard the statistics on divorce. Nearly half of today’s marriages end in divorce. And Christian marriages are almost as bad! Obviously, something has been missed by the Church. I think it is quite simple. Today’s popular pastors often preach a feel-good sermon to their congregations, one that everyone can be happy about. Therefore, in order to keep the members of a divorced household (and their large offering check) in the church, they conveniently forget the Bible’s words on divorce, and emphasize the assurance of heaven to all believers. Depending on the preacher, to all unbelievers as well. If only people would look to see what God’s word says.

If you married a non-Christian, divorce is never the answer. However, if your spouse chases that option until it becomes a reality, Paul has a quick, easy answer. Don’t marry again, except to that person. And usually, that will mean that you don’t marry again. Paul’s letter to the Christians in Corinth emphasized that point. He believed that it was best for a Christian to remain unmarried, but if you felt strongly enough about somebody, then stay with them. Don’t divorce, and then immediately go traipsing off to your next spouse.

This was one of my essays where whatever fire may be in me made its way to my fingers on the keyboard, so if I offended you, I apologize. On that note, I bid you good day. At least until my schoolwork throws another essay at me!

What the Bible has to say about: Life

Does the Bible talk about what I should do in life, like jobs and education? While the quick answer is “Duh!” the Bible never directly addresses those specific issues. Some would stop there and say that since the Bible doesn’t talk about them, anything goes. That is not the case. Instead, I think that the Bible has a lot to say about such matters. We just have to look at the principles behind it. As always, feel free to comment on this post. It would be a big help.

When we speak about jobs, we must consider several things. First, we must see if the job contradicts the Bible. Jobs that have to do with prostitution, occultism, and others like them are obviously out of the question. But is that all? There are also those that could be worse. An atheistic speaker is at least as bad as the others, as they would lead them away from God, and therefore, indirectly to those people. Also, we should consider whether or not the job depends on others being led astray. A bartender’s job depends on this. To make the most money, he needs to get people drunk, and preferably to be an alcoholic.

If a job requires you to consistently work on a Sunday, then there a couple of questions I have to ask. Number one is whether or not you get a break at any time during the week. The reason for a day of rest is that God knew we could not be the loving people we should be and work seven days a week. So long as we have a day of rest and fellowship with other believers, I think that it would be alright. The second question has already been answered. This question is whether or not you can have fellowship with other Christians. If both are a yes, then I can’t think of why you can’t work there.

Some people would want to ask whether or not the Bible even says to work. The answer is yes. Even before the Fall, God commanded Adam to take care of the garden. Living off of other people is not what the Bible says to do. If we love other people, we would not, and do not, enjoy living at their expense. And since we are called to love everybody, then we must not be an unnecessary burden. Now, if you can not work, then you have to depend on others. However, the stories I have heard about people who can not work lead me to believe that it is not a very fun life.

As far as education goes, the main question is what we are seeking it for. If you want a diploma in order to impress people, then you should think again. If you want it to get a good job so you could make a lot of money, then you still are missing the mark. But if you are doing it in order to bring glory to God by learning what you need to do what you are called to, then you are doing just fine. One of the principles that is in nearly every sentence of the Bible is to do everything for the glory of God. Jesus said to pray in secret, not for attention but to talk to God.

I hope that I have shown you what our motives should be in those instances. I also hope that you see that the Bible addresses these issues, as it does everything. Lastly, I hope that I have shown that we must always follow the Bible. Good-bye!

Can we throw rocks at unbelievers, or do we save that for the Pharisees?

This essay deals with Deuteronomy 12. The question is whether or not we should kill unbelievers, in light of this passage. This passage is where God tells the Israelites to wipe out the pagan nations when they enter Israel. The main danger here is to make sure that we put everything in a Biblical context. This means that we can not take one passage without taking the rest of the Bible with it. Please comment on this and tell me how you think I did. I’m going to tell you right now that I do not believe that we are to kill unbelievers, just because they are unbelievers.

In the Old Testament, the Israelites were about to enter what was arguably one of the most depraved nations on the face of the planet at that time. God knew that if they did not kill all the inhabitants, they would be sucked into the same depravity. They did kill most of the inhabitants, but not all. All you have to do is look at the Bible’s account of their history to see that those few were all it took to lead to the annihilation of Israel.

The years until Christ’s arrival were dark ones for Israel. However, they did their best to follow God’s law. Every time they came out of exile, their joy would lead to more disciplined following of the Law. The problem was that the next generation, who did not have that joy, would follow the law with the same discipline, but with no heart. This led to the Pharisees, who made their own rules, and placed them above God’s word. “He answered and said to them, ‘Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition?’ For God commanded, saying, “Honor your father and your mother”;  and, “He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.”But you say, “Whoever says to his father or mother, ‘Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God’ — then he need not honor his father or mother.” Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition. (Matthew 15:3-6, NKJV) More rules meant more punishment, and that was something Jesus condemned.

We hear the law in Deuteronomy, and wonder at the seeming change of heart God had when Jesus said that the death penalty should only be inflicted by those who are without sin. The answer I am about to give may be grossly, horribly wrong, but it is all I can come up with. When God spoke in Deuteronomy, He was trying to emphasize the fact that the penalty for sin, which is being legally wrong in God’s eyes, is death. When Jesus told the Pharisees that only the sinless should kill the sinners, he was showing that only God truly has that authority. In light of this context, I think that it is safe to say that we are not to kill unbelievers.


I have a couple of questions to address in writing this post, and here they are. Where should our loyalty be? Should we act vengefully in the name of loyalty? These questions seem to have obvious answers, so my main problem will be to get these into enough words to qualify as an essay. I will be putting these forth with Christian answers, so they look like no-brainers. However, my opinion may change when I am looking for the answer. Please comment and tell me what you think about this essay.

When I speak of loyalty, I mean whose commands you follow, and who you place above others. The technical definition is “The state, quality, or fact of being loyal; fidelity; allegiance.” For those people who dislike using the word in the definition, here is the definition of loyal. “Constant and faithful in any relation or obligation implying trust, confidence, etc.” Now that I have the definitions out of the way, let’s look at where our loyalties should lie.

Our loyalty should be to God first, our country second (usually), and then comes family. This may sound horrible, but looking at it from my point of view, if I had to choose between saving my family and saving my country, the country has more lost people than my family. There should be no questions as to who should be number one on our list.  Our God’s commands come before any other orders or requests from anybody. He is the One who created, and He is the one that the Bible declares to be King of Kings.

The government is the next in line for our loyalty. The nation is represented by the government, and is where God has placed us for whatever work we are here for. Christ stated that we are to give Caesar what is his, and give God his due. This means that, so long as it does not break God’s commands, the government determines the laws. The (increasingly numerous) times that it doesn’t follow God’s commands, we should do as God says.

The family is God’s way of providing some stability to a nation. Therefore, we should view it in its place. We should obey the Creator of it first, and the reason it was created second. Putting the family first is like making a car more important than both the designer of the car and the place we are going. It is blatantly against the laws of God, and is contrary to common sense (and is a very humorous idea). To use a more Biblical example, this would be like the Pharisees and their following the law before they followed their God.

The answer to the question of whether or not we should act in revenge because of our loyalties is a just as clear as where our loyalties should be. Jesus said to love your enemies as yourself, and that you should pray for those who persecute you. This does not mean that you should pray for your enemy to have a heart attack and die. It means that you should treat them with love and respect. There is no reason, except anger, for attacking someone else in revenge. And doing something out of anger, on the spur of the moment, always leads us down the wrong path.

God speaks very clearly about the idea of revenge. “Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord”, and it should stay that way. If we follow the God of the Bible, the first of our loyalties, then we will not take what is His.

An exergesia. (Gesundheit!)

Alright, alright, first things first. I will answer the obvious question of “What!?!” An exergesia is another ancient Greek writing exercise, in which the writer repeats the same idea over and over again, using different words and styles. See! You learned something new today. This way of writing sounds like a class in redundancy to me, but since this is my schoolwork, I’ll do my best. This exergesia (that’s fun to say!) is going to be on Romans 1:18-23. Please comment on this essay, as this is the first time I am going to have to try to be redundant, while still writing well.

First, in order to get things going, I am going to quote the passage, word for word. “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.” (Romans 1:18-23 ESV). I told you word for word, and I meant word for word.

In just a wee bit smaller space, I’m going to reiterate Paul’s words. The main point in this passage is that sinful men suppress God’s truth, so God releases them to do as they wish in the cold, dark, sinful nightmare known as Earth. The sinfulness and foolishness of man know no bounds, unless God suppresses them. Man is going to do as he wishes, lest he be “unhappy” for a single second. He does this knowing somewhere, deep down inside, that he is going to get the full measure of his punishment. As C.S.Lewis said in his book The Screwtape Letters, a man may know that he still has one last chance, even on the brink of hell, yet still will turn from God, because some petty resentment or miniscule pleasure seems more important at the time.

Another way of looking at it would be to apply it to the nations of the world. At one time or another, each nation has suppressed the truth, whether by direct persecution of the believers, or by indirect attacks on the belief. You can probably come up with plenty of examples for the first. The second deals with the middle of Paul’s passage. The scientists, in studying nature, have ample proof for the existence of God. In fact, God’s style of creation has prompted the scientists specializing in biology to consider evolution a dead theory. Lee Strobel’s Case For Faith deals with that aspect of science. To look at the last part of the passage from Romans, it can deal with today’s wise men, also known as gurus, fortune tellers, witches, and many other names that bring up ideas of the occult and dark magic, at least for me.

To sum it up, it looks like I have successfully completed my exergesia. Thanks for listening to my course in redundancy.

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